Riders defense rests up after loss
The Riders have one more day of rest before they start practicing again.
The rest was probably welcomed by the team, after they played 3 games in just 12 days, but managing to go 2-1 in the process.
The fatigue seemed most obvious late in the game on Thursday, especially on the defensive side of the football. That's when the Stampeders were able to drive the field with ease, and most of the defense seemed to be a step behind.
"I don't think it had anything to do with a short week or being tired," said defensive lineman Tearrius George, adding that if it did, fatigue would have shown up much earlier in the game.
It's not surprising that the team wouldn't admit to being tired, even if head coach Corey Chamblin felt they were after their win over BC two weeks ago.
"At the end of the day, they're young," said Chamblin. "They got to know what they have to do to prepare themselves to go 60 mintues."
Defensive coordinator Richie Hall was rather somber when the team arrived back in Regina on Friday, thinking that he didn't make the right calls in the fourth quarter.
"Just a couple of calls that we were having a lot of success with, maybe tried to get cute and try to do something else," said Hall. "They kinda got on a roll, they kinda got the moment, and we just couldn't stop it."
The Riders are back on the practice field Monday morning at Mosaic Stadium as they begin to prepare to welcome Andy Fantuz and the Hamilton Tiger Cats to Regina.